Roxann Lodolce Injured in Car Accident on East End Blvd in Marshall, TX
Marshall, TX — January 16, 2022, 65-year-old Roxann Lodolce was seriously injured in an auto accident on East End Boulevard in Harrison County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:05 p.m. on South East End Blvd (US-59) at Pinecrest Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Lodolce was driving a Hyundai Elantra north on the highway when she entered the turn lane to turn left onto Pinecrest. Investigators believe she started to turn but failed to yield to a southbound Kia Soul; the two vehicles crashed in the intersection.
Lodolce suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Kia driver reportedly received minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Roxann Lodolce Accident in Marshall
Police seem to think the main factor in the crash was the turning driver's failure to yield. I have no particular reason to question that, but at the same time I wonder if there's actually more to the story. For instance, what if the turning driver actually tried to stop but couldn't?
People don't always realize how often vehicle failures and defects trigger crashes--partly because they're far too often overlooked by investigators. Many drivers have been blamed for causing crashes when all they were really doing was wrestling with an out-of-control vehicle. Consider the GM ignition-switch debacle a few years ago, where millions of GM and Chevy vehicles ran the risk of suddenly losing power while in motion. People traveling at highway speeds suddenly found themselves unable to steer or stop, and when many of those situations turned into crashes their powered safety measures didn't activate.
The defect caused over a hundred deaths and countless more injuries, yet it took years for anyone to connect the dots and identify the faulty ignition switch as the culprit. In the meantime, public opinion and police reports unfairly blamed who knows how many people for causing accidents that were really out of their hands. I'm not saying anything of the sort happened in the Marshall accident, but did anyone look into it--or were police content to blame the turning driver and not give the matter another thought?